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Type of Program and Degrees Offered

Ethnomusicology is taught as a component of the undergraduate degree (BA), and the taught graduate programmes (MSt and MPhil). Students may also research ethnomusicology in the context of Oxford DPhil programme. Students may specialize wholly in ethnomusicology for the taught and research graduate degrees. Undergraduate students may take courses in "The Social and Cultural Study of Music,” "Ethnography of Music,” various regional and topical courses, and an undergraduate dissertation. In all cases, students gain degrees in "Music” (Ethnomusicology, Theory, Composition, Musicology and so forth are not distinguished in degree titles). Ethnomusicology is also studied in the context of degrees in social anthropology and museum studies, in the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, and in the Pitt Rivers Museum.

Program Focus

Ethnomusicology is taught without regard to geographical area; students at Oxford study music from across the world. Emphases reflect faculty interests. Currently these are strong in the Middle East and the circum-Mediterranean (Martin Stokes) and South Asia and the Himalayas (Anna Stirr).

Special Resources

Oxford Gamelan (Central Javanese Gamelan). Oxford Maqam (Middle Eastern music performance). The Bate Collection (a world-class museum of musical instruments of global provenance, for practical use, located in the music faculty). Major collections of historic ethnographic recordings and related library holdings in the Pitt Rivers Museum. Regular ethnomusicology workshops with visiting speakers from across the UK and Europe; Oxford hosted the BFE conference in 2010, and is regularly the site of major national and international conferences in various areas of music study. Museum collections in the Pitt Rivers museum (ethnography) and the Ashmolean Museum. Regular residencies of professional performing musicians Close contact with the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, the Pitt Rivers Museum, and area studies centers across Oxford University.

Financial Support

European and UK based student may apply for financial support from the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council); for UK students, this provides fees and a stipend, for EU students, fees only. 4 years. Music typically offers up to three awards to research students, and up to three for taught masters programmes.

Other students (e.g. American, Canadian, Australian, and others) may apply for a Clarendon fellowship which provides fees and a stipend. 3-4 years. Music typically offers two per year.

Funding from the ESRC is available to UK and EU students applying to study ethnomusicology in the context of degree programmes in Anthropology.

Further Information

Dr. Martin Stokes, University Lecturer and Fellow of St. John’s College, Oxford, Faculty of Music, St. Aldates
Oxford OX1 1DB, UK. Phone: 44-01865 276 125; Email: martin.stokes@music.ox.ac.uk

Alternatively, the Director of Graduate Studies or the Director of Undergraduate Studies. See http://www.music.ox.ac.uk/

Program Website

Faculty of Music, Ethnomusicology: http://www.music.ox.ac.uk/research/ethnomusicology.html

Related Websites

Faculty of Music: http://www.music.ox.ac.uk/

The content for Oxford University was last updated June 29, 2010.

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